Hello from Kuala Lumpur, where I’m spending a quick overnight en route to Bali.
I haven’t been to Bali since I took my mom for her birthday a few years ago, and Ford has never been at all. Bali is one of my favorite places on earth, so I’m quite excited to spend a few days there.
I had a fantastic stay at the Westin Madrid, and it exceeded my expectations. It was anything but a “cookie cutter” Westin, as it combined the amenities you expect from a Westin with a unique property which has a 100+ year history. If anything, this felt more like a Luxury Collection property than a Westin.
Between the rooms, public facilities, and location, I’d return in a heartbeat.
Tim Ho Wan is the cheapest Michelin star restaurant in the world, and while it’s not a place I’d go out of my way to visit on my own, it seemed like a good place to take Ford on his first trip to Hong Kong.
The dim sum was excellent, and our filling meal cost a mere 117HKD (~15USD). And the funny thing is that even though this place has a Michelin star and is a huge tourist destination, it’s actually 95%+ locals who come here to eat, who clearly couldn’t care less that the place has a Michelin star. That’s a testament to the quality of what they serve.
I love Alaska Mileage Plan miles, and have used them for so many great redemptions over the years, in particular in Emirates first class. 40% is about as good as the mileage purchase bonus typically gets, so be sure you check to see what kind of a bonus you were targeted for.
Alaska seems to have recently removed the restriction preventing foreign residents from buying miles. So in many cases (especially for Australians!), it might make sense to buy miles with Alaska versus paying the very high fuel surcharges you’d typically pay when redeeming other miles.
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TRICKS: Redeeming Miles
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Hyatt Guest Of Honor Benefit Extended Through 2016
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REVIEWS & Trip Reports
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NEWS & Updates
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Details Of The New Starwood & Design Hotels Partnership
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Easyjet Unveils The Most Ridiculous Uniforms. Ever.
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Airberlin’s Huge US Expansion: Boston, Dallas, And San Francisco Flights
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American Launching Los Angeles To Auckland Flight In June 2016
SLS Las Vegas To Be Acquired By Starwood!
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Amex Centurion Lounge Coming To LAX (Supposedly)!
American Announcing Flights To New Zealand Tomorrow!
How Would Rumored 2016 AAdvantage Changes Impact My Travels?
What is everyone else up to this weekend?